E! Extends Red Carpet Hosting Deal with Ryan Seacrest

E! is staying in business with busy-man Ryan Seacrest.

Seacrest has extended his deal with the network’s “Live From the Red Carpet” series, Variety has learned.

Under the renewed pact, Seacrest will continue to serve as host and exec producer of E!’s major award show coverage for events including the Emmys, Oscars, Golden Globes and more. The multi-hyphenate’s production company Ryan Seacrest Prods. produces “Live From the Red Carpet.”

Most recently, the 2015 Emmy Awards coverage, hosted by Seacrest and E!’s Giuliana Rancic, delivered 1.1M total viewers and was up from the year prior.

“With Ryan at the helm for close to ten years now, E!’s ‘Live From the Red Carpet’ series has truly become a mainstay of the network and we are very happy to continue this partnership,” said Frances Berwick, president of lifestyle networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. “Ryan’s close relationships with many of the celebrities on these carpets combined with his command over all things entertainment and pop culture, makes for interviews that are surprising, compelling and always entertaining — and our viewers love his spontaneous moments on the carpet!”

Seacrest commented, “NBCUniversal has long been an important partner to me, and I’m excited to continue our strategic relationship. Live television is both thrilling and challenging in countless ways, and it’s a privilege to be a part of E’s ‘Live From the Red Carpet’ shows. It’s truly a credit to the entire cast and incredible crew that we’re consistently able to produce the best awards season coverage in the business.”

Along with Seacrest, exec producers on “Live From the Red Carpet” are Gary Snegaroff, Eddie Delbridge and Gerry Johnston. Wilshire Studios produces with Ryan Seacrest Prods., which is behind E!’s unscripted series “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and spin-offs “Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons” and “Dash Dolls.” Also in the NBCUniversal family, Seacrest’s company produces Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset.” The scripted division of RSP has many projects in development, plus NBC’s Jennifer Lopez cop drama “Shades of Blue” on its upcoming slate.

Aside from E!’s red carpet shows, Seacrest will remain host with The Peacock for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

This January, he begins his final season as frontman of “American Idol,” which will wrap its run on Fox after 15 seasons.

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